Category Archive: Functionality

Sep 26 2016

BuildBinder CIMS

buildbinder logo

Watching the US Software-as-a-Service construction collaboration space, I recently discovered another startup – San Francisco, California-based BuildBinder – targeting the construction project management sector. (Despite the similarity of names, I don’t think it has any connection to another Californian business, close-out documentation specialist Combinder, which I covered in April 2016; I have also written a few …

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Sep 05 2016

Newforma gets connected

Jim Forester (Newforma)

Silos (both company and IT) have long inhibited collaboration in construction. Newforma’s ‘Connector’ strategy seeks to break them down. I recently wrote (16 August: Newforma now playing cloud catch-up?) about Newforma’s Cloud Services initiative, which has seen the vendor expand its extranet-type capabilities, complementing its original core on-premise, behind-the-firewall application. I spoke last Thursday to Newforma CEO …

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Aug 15 2016

Corecon increases its SME appeal

Corecon lead mgmt

California, US-based SaaS construction software vendor Corecon recently launched its ‘next generation’ construction software suite (read news release). Mainly targeting small and medium-sized businesses (numerically the largest sectors in most developed construction markets), the new version of Corecon features a new user interface that is said to increase speed and improve functionality, while speeding up implementation and …

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Aug 05 2016

Oracle building its construction offering

A Construction Index news story today about the Bank of England’s decision yesterday to reduce the central bank interest rate to 0.25% highlighted once again the UK construction industry’s poor record on prompt payment. It quotes the National Federation of Builders’s chief executive Richard Beresford: “The construction industry has the worst payment record of any …

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Jul 28 2016

Secure SaaS without passwords, via Secure Cloudlink

Secure Cloudlink diagram

UK-based startup Secure Cloudlink (headquartered in Leatherhead, Surrey) has a unique and US-patented product that eliminates the use of passwords and is designed to secure cloud / SaaS applications. With Secure Cloudlink, each user is uniquely identified and authenticated, but as no user credentials are stored or replicated behind the scenes the risks of security breaches due …

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Jul 21 2016

Union Square acquired by Deltek

Deltek logo

In an echo of an earlier US/UK acquisition in the construction IT space, ERP vendor Deltek has acquired UK project management software vendor Union Square. Mostly, ExtranetEvolution focuses on Software-as-a-Service solutions and related applications in the architecture, engineering and construction sector. However, I do keep an eye on vendors whose software solutions occasionally either compete …

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Jun 02 2016

Open data, BIM and the semantic web

ODI data spectrum

‘Semantic web’ technologies potentially expand the richness of data made available to built asset decision-makers. UK SaaS collaboration vendor GroupBC is leading progressive thinking in this field. The latest ThinkBIM ‘twilight’ seminar, held in Leeds yesterday (1 June 2016), looked at the wider application of data relating to the built environment. Too many BIM events …

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May 19 2016

GamePlan’s aim: ‘lean’ collaboration

GamePlan logo

Nothing to do with computer gaming, GamePlan is a US start-up exploring both lean construction and BIM-based collaboration. In devising its product, US-based startup GamePlan (headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware) has consciously tried not to copy existing SaaS construction software providers’ approach to collaboration. While its core platform offers many of the same features, its philosophy has been strongly guided …

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May 03 2016

Buildcloud: architect-led collaboration

Buildcloud project newsfeed

Web-based Buildcloud aims to help architectural teams working on high-end projects to improve communications with their (high end) clients and contractors. The latest entrant to the UK mobile-oriented construction collaboration market is Buildcloud, developed by a West Yorkshire-based startup, whose team includes an architect (Edward Park, formerly of Cartwright Pickard and Aedas, now a director of …

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May 02 2016

A US construction IT snapshot

Capterra software features graph

In July 2015, Capterra asked 100 US construction managers about their software purchasing decisions, though it’s a survey that poses as many questions as it asks. The latest Capterra snapshot of US construction managers’ purchase and use of construction management software shows the average annual spend per business to be around US$2,700, with almost a …

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